“El Camino” by The Black Keys

Daytime Album of the Month: December, 2011

Our last Album of the Month for 2011 is The Black Keys’ El Camino. This hard-hitting follow-up to Brothers picks up the heavy-handed blues of that record with the collaborative might of The Black Keys and producer Danger Mouse, whose fingerprints trace this LP much as they did on 2008′s Attack and Release.

The thick fuzz of “Lonely Boy” is quickly invigorated with a pop-esque melody that is becoming a singular sound for The Black Keys with each consecutive album.

The bluespop of El Camino reaches its peak on “Sister” as Danger Mouse puts together an ambiance that takes one to perhaps an imaginary place where the real rockers went and hid during the Disco era.

On the album’s final tune, “Mind Eraser” an almost orchestral foundation gives way to a tongue-in-cheek refrain, “oh don’t let it be over,” as if the keys themselves knew they wouldn’t be the only ones wanting more when this fine record was done.

By Jake Sorgen

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